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UPMC Passavant Cardiovascular Screenings

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Part of the mission of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Passavant is to educate people about the risks of heart disease. If you're at risk, a screening check can be an important step and could uncover an undetected problem early, when there's a good chance to treat the problem effectively.

1. Find Out your Risk

Uncontrollable risk factors include:

  • Family History — Your risk is higher if a family member has had heart problems.
  • Age — If you are a man, your risk for a heart attack increases after age 45. If you are a woman, your risk increases after age 55.
  • Previous Heart Disease — Certain conditions increase your risk for having a heart attack. These include fatty deposits inside your arteries (atherosclerosis), a previous heart attack, chest pain related to a lack of oxygen in the heart muscle (angina), or a prior heart bypass surgery.
  • Race — Your risk is higher if you are African American, Mexican American, or native Hawaiian.

Controllable risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • High blood sugar (diabetes)

2. Get Screened

If you're at risk, you can get screened by calling our center at 1-800-533-8762 (UPMC) to schedule a comprehensive evaluation (covered by insurance in most cases).